Freedom is such a pesky consideration….
“As President, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could,” – Barack Obama 11/19/12
Mr. Morsi made his move as he was basking in praise from the White House and other international accolades for his central role negotiating a cease-fire the previous night between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that cld have dire consequences—
Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei) November 22, 2012
And in a move likely to inflame a standoff with the country’s judiciary, he sacked prosecutor general Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, whom he failed to oust last month, appointing Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah to replace him.
“The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution,” according to the constitutional declaration, read out on television by spokesman Yasser Ali.
“The constitutional declarations, decisions and laws issued by the president are final and not subject to appeal.”
He also said no judicial body can dissolve the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly that is writing a new constitution and which has been criticized by the secular-minded opposition for failing to represent all segments of society.